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October 29, 2011

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October 28, 2010

I enjoy using my verbal and communication skills. I noticed a need for using them to help visually challenged people keep up with their local news. I've been volunteering for two years at the Audio I... more

October 29, 2011

I've been a volunteer at AINC for over three years. The staff is very invested in what goes on there, because they typically were volunteers themselves when they started. They became passionate about what they were doing and wanted to work for the organization, David Dawson's brainchild. Now AINC not only serves Colorado through Rocky Mountain PBS, but can be heard nationally through other PBS networks as I understand it. The staff takes good care of its volunteers, providing treats and an appreciation brunch annually as well as potlucks. I am proud to serve AINC!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 28, 2010

I enjoy using my verbal and communication skills. I noticed a need for using them to help visually challenged people keep up with their local news. I've been volunteering for two years at the Audio Information Network of Colorado in Boulder. I'm very impressed with the staff here. They really have their hearts in what they do, because they started as volunteers themselves and stayed with it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the feedback they receive from a wide listening audience. We hear about it at AINC's annual appreciation brunch.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not know of any.

November 1, 2010

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November 1, 2010

This is my third year as a reader for this organization, the Audio Information Network of Colorado (formerly Radio Reading Service of the Rockies). I chose this organization because it allows me to have a direct influence on the people who benefit. I am not writing a check and hoping it gets to the people in need. My contribution extends straight to the listeners, and hopefully it brings something extra to their day. One of the best things about AINC is that it is always innovating, always trying to improve its product and its service to its constituents. When broadcasters switched over to digital, AINC partnered with community leaders to make the switch as well. And they do all of this at no expense to the people they are serving.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have had the privilege to listen to users of this service talk about the way it impacts their lives. Members of the visually impaired community say that this service allows them to remain connected to the events that happen in their community and in the state.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would provide a feedback mechanism for users of the service. This could be a call in line or an online service. Let users of the service let volunteers know what they appreciate, and what they would like to see improved.

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

I have been volunteering with AINC/RRSR for about four years. In that time, I have learned that programs are syndicated not only at state level but also at national level. AINC/RRSR provides programs to the blind, visually impaired and print handicapped because these people have no other access to newspapers or books.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many ways - reading and getting to know the people who benefit.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes to be made.

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

I'm a retired teacher who had been looking for a volunteer area that fit my needs and would help others. A friend told me about her work at the Audio Information Network of Colorado...reading for the blind. I knew immediately this is what I wanted to do. The past 5 years have been wonderful. The people that I've met: Kat, David, Pam, Sheila, Steve, Kevin, Regina, Pat, and many more have only filled my coffers. Volunteering here has truly brought immeasurable joy to my life. I've happily driven thru snow storms to get there.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting the people that work there and those who have used the organization to keep in contact with their world/city.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not do one thing except, I guess I'd hope that more people donated money to help it operate more smoothly.

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

I've been a volunteer reader for the Audio Information Network of Colorado (formerly the Radio Reading Service of the Rockies)for eight years. The mission of the organization is to provide access to print media to the blind and visually impaired throughout Colorado. The staff has been steadfastly enthusiastic about the mission and how to improve the delivery of this service and are always very appreciative of the volunteer readers. During my time they made a seamless transition to digital recordings enabling someone like me to record at home and avoid the 70 mile round trip to the studio; an environmental as well as a time benefit. Blind listeners assure us that being able to hear about news, reviews, world events, politics, advertisements, humor, entertainment events etc. not only keeps them informed but relieves their sense of isolation. This in itself gives me a tremendous sense of satisfaction. In addition, I have to admit, I enjoy the articles I read and find myself much more informed than I otherwise would have been without my reading assignment. You can't beat a vitally important cause, a wonderful staff, appreciative listeners and a happy, loyal and more knowledgeable volunteer. Thank you AINC (RRSR).

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The statisfaction of contibuting a useful resource for the blind in Colorado and the enjoyment I get from the articles I read.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see greater funding for the organization because this would enable staff to continuously improve and expand the product they provide to Colorado's blind residents.

October 31, 2010

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October 31, 2010

Radio Reading Service of the Rockies, now called the Audio Information Network of Colorado (AINC) is a free 24/7 audio broadcasting service located in Boulder to serve Colorado’s blind, visually impaired and print disabled residents. I have been a volunteer for over two years. AINC records and broadcasts audio recordings of materials that are usually not available in audio format including over 100 regional and local newspapers, magazines, job listings, discount grocery ads and coupons, children’s programming and Spanish programming via live streaming, special transmitter, podcasts and phone. The programming is like a continually updated 24/7 audio library for the blind and visually-impaired and print-handicapped people so they too can listen, learn and connect to the same information that sighted-people have access to.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

AINC helps the blind, visually-impaired and print-handicapped from feeling isolated. Having access to the information allows them to feel connected to their communities.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If AINC could have access to more funding, then they would be able to continue to provide this life-changing service.

October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

I joined RRSR (now AINColorado) in 2008 as a volunteer reader. Since then, I have been astounded at the sheer number of peple who choose to give of their time and abilities in this way. A vital service for the visually disabled brings out the best people in a commmunity and brings out the best in those people. I don't feel "special," but I do feel that I'm part of a very special group who have no self-serving agenda to push and no lust for glory. Instead, they have an unassuming but essential mission to help others. The staff at AINColorado likewise are as dedicated a group as I've ever encountered. It's a good feeling to be part of an organization that wants to raise others (not themselves) up and tear nobody down in the process. I expect to be part of AINC for a long time to come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the number of visually impaired people who have thanked us for our efforts.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its mission in appropriate ways.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

No suggestions.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

See my review above,

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Useful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

I have been a proud volunteer for over 3 years at the Audio Information Network of Colorado...Our organization provides audio content: over the internet, phone, and special transmitter to visually impaired people all over the state. It has been in service for 20 years. Hundreds of volunteers read important info: novels, local news, grocery and other store ads, etc...This service is very valuable to the thousands of people that hear it daily. My program is called Body and Soul...it provides wellness infomation: diet, spirituality, relationships, etc...to people who normally would have no access to this type of information. It warms my heart to provide a reliable voice for those who need it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i get personal satisfaction from helping others.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes required.

October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

I've volunteered with AINC for 6 years and have been so blessed by providing this service to our listeners. It is a great organization to volunteer for as they treat their volunteers very well and show their appreciation for all we do. I also have been a board member since 2004 so see what a well run organization AINC is.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

see above

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

see above

October 29, 2010

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October 29, 2010

I am delighted to say that I have been a volunteer for AINC for the past five years. After college I was looking for a tight-knit and dedicated non-profit where I could donate my time and talent. A close friend recommended that I volunteer at AINC because the organization had an outstanding mission and family-like atmosphere. As the Saturday station opener, I had a chance to meet all of the Saturday volunteers each week and made sure the live shows were up and running. I am proud to say that my fellow volunteers and the AINC staff have become a second family for me. Not only does AINC provide quality programming for the hearing-impaired and homebound, but it also enriches the lives of all who volunteer for the organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my interaction with fellow volunteers. As a Saturday Studio Opener, I have the opportunity to speak with each weekly Saturday volunteer. Numerous volunteers have commented on how much they enjoy reading and working with such an organized and committed non-profit. I've also answered phones and have personally talked with listeners who are appreciative of the service AINC provides and note how dependent they are on the information provided by the organization.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue the excellent service to the Rocky Mountain Region.

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